Arizona Rangers train in Kingman

Arizona Rangers Mohave Company unit members practice techniques of defending themselves against a knife attack. Nine of the 12 members of the company attended the two-hour training in Kingman Saturday to hone their skills needed to effectively complete their mission if called upon.

Photo by Butch Meriwether.

Arizona Rangers Mohave Company unit members practice techniques of defending themselves against a knife attack. Nine of the 12 members of the company attended the two-hour training in Kingman Saturday to hone their skills needed to effectively complete their mission if called upon.

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Members of Arizona Rangers Mohave Company gather for a photo op prior to beginning their two-hour training session in Kingman Saturday.

KINGMAN – Nine members of Arizona Rangers Mohave Company converged on Kingman Saturday to hone their skills needed to effectively complete their mission if called upon.

Mohave Company, headed up by Company Commander Captain Bruce Lemming, practiced weapons retention, unarmed defense against knives, and proper handcuffing techniques during the two-hour training held at Centennial Park.

There are currently 12 regular members of the Mohave Company, in addition to Penny McLaughlin who is an associate member and serves as the company’s dispatcher.

Arizona Rangers were originally created by the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1901 to deal with the outlaws and banditos in the sparsely populated Arizona Territory, mostly along the Mexican border.

According to historical records, the Arizona Rangers were an elite group of well-trained law enforcement personnel, originally a secretive agency mounted on quality horses, and well equipped with modern weapons at the state’s expense.

The rangers rode their mighty steeds throughout the Wild West’s portion of the Arizona Territory and were widely known as being extremely successful in apprehending members of outlaw bands.

Arizona Rangers were disbanded in 1909; and resurrected in 1957 as an Arizona unpaid, non-commissioned civilian auxiliary agency that is available to assist and support law enforcement agencies. The companies include: Agua Fria, Benson, Bisbee, Casa Grande, Douglas, High Country, Lonesome Valley, Madera, Mohave, Peoria, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, Scottsdale, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Sonoita, Tombstone, Tucson and Verde Valley.

Arizona Rangers’ missions nowadays is as a law enforcement support and assistance civilian auxiliary that renders assistance to any federal, state, county or local law enforcement authorities.

The Rangers’ support to the various law enforcement agencies include, but is not limited to, missing children, parades, accidents, DUI task forces and wildfires. They also provide community service support to civilian agencies when requested.

According to Mohave Company Second Lieutenant Paul Gorham, “Capt. Lemming recently had a meeting with Mohave County Sheriff Doug Shuster, and he told him the Arizona Rangers stand ready to assist his department with whatever is needed in the future.”

Individuals interested in becoming an Arizona Ranger must:

• be at least 21 years of age with no criminal history;

• have resided in Arizona for at least six month during the calendar year of applying;

• subscribe to the aims and objectives of the Arizona Rangers;

• be cleared for voting eligibility by completing the prescribed screening process;

• satisfactory completion of the probationary period;

• satisfactory completion of Arizona Rangers’ Training Academy;

• be accepted by a majority vote of the eligible Arizona Rangers in the company being joined; and

• meet additional qualifications that may be required during the recruitment and/or probationary periods.

The Mohave Company meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Del E. Webb Wellness Center, 1719 Beverly Ave.

Those interested in the Arizona Rangers Mohave Company or would like additional information about the Arizona Rangers in general are encouraged to attend one of the meetings.

For further information, call Capt. Leeming at (928) 279-2731 or email him at azranger2601@frontier.com.